President Donald Trump: What Does This Actually Mean For Us?

The world is in shock at the election results, and it's left many wondering what might happen next...

Donald Trump has paved his way to the White House, after arguably one of the most stressful US presidential elections in living memory.

The UK has watched the fraught media coverage and seen endless clips – and memes – from the debates.

We’ve heard Trump offend pretty much every fraction of society with his throwaway remarks, reacted to that recording of him claiming to ‘grab’ women without asking first, listened to his views of women in general (sigh) and heard of his plans to build walls to divide America even more.

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Few, opinion polls included, thought this would become a reality. But, here we are, on results day. And Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ddp USA/REX/Shutterstock (5826852f) Donald Trump Donald Trump presidential campaign, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - 09 Aug 2016

So, what does this really mean for us?

A number of academics have spoken out speculatively about what Trump’s time in office could look like.

Professor Morgan, a lecturer of US Studies at University College London, told the Press Association: ‘My feeling is that Trump is going to treat the presidency as the equivalent of a CEO position – and it isn’t that.

‘The presidency has to be held by someone who understands the necessity for persuasion, it isn’t a place for command.’

Professor Lucas, a US citizen who teaches American Studies at the University of Birmingham, added: ‘I think with Trump we are into the realm of the unknown, and the unknown is never good for stability – in foreign policy and international relations to say the least.’

President Elect Donald Trump victory speech, New York, USA - 09 Nov 2016

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What about America’s ‘special relationship’ with the UK? 

Well, Trump has always been very vocal about his support for Brexit. We’ll leave you to make up your mind about what this means, but ultimately he has said that Britain would not be ‘at the back of the queue’ for trade deals.

He might have won the support of Nigel Farage, but his relationship with the Conservative Party is, historically, not great. David Cameron famously branded him ‘divisive, stupid and wrong’, but Theresa May has now congratulated Trump on his win. She has said that the ‘enduring and special relationship’ between the US and Britain will continue.

In a statement issued by Downing Street our Prime Minister has said: ‘We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.

‘I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.’

US presidential debate, St. Louis, USA - 09 Oct 2016

What does Trump’s presidency mean for women? 

Of course, there’s the obvious allegations of sexual assault, but Trump has also voiced a number of sexist opinions. He has controversially shared his belief that pregnancy is an ‘inconvenience’ for employers, although he denied ever saying it.

However, the Republican candidate later unveiled a new maternity leave plan at an election rally, proposing to rewrite the tax code to allow working parents the choice to be stay-at-home parents, deducting child care expenses from their income taxes for up to four children.

Trump opposes abortion. During the third presidential debate, he reportedly claimed that he was appalled by the fact that babies can be ‘ripped from the womb’ the day before birth, which is clearly not factually accurate.

He has also reportedly argued, on the campaign trail, that women who have terminations should be ‘punished’ and has hinted that he might seek to overturn Roe v Wade, which legalised abortion in America and allowed laws on abortion to be decided by individual states.


Where does Trump stand on climate change? 

Possibly one of the biggest issues facing the planet as a whole, many have been left wondering what President Trump could mean for issues surrounding climate change.

He has previously branded the whole thing a ‘hoax’, and said at a rally a few days ago: ‘We’re going to put America first. That includes cancelling billions in climate change spending for the United Nations, a number Hillary wants to increase, and instead use that money to provide for American infrastructure including clean water, clean air and safety.’

Trump has already changed his Twitter bio to reflect his new job, reading: ‘President-elect of the United States.’